Nobody wants cockroaches in their home, but trying to get rid of them can be overwhelming. With a little knowledge and the right cockroach pest control products, you can get rid of the roaches for good. Here are the steps to kill cockroaches.
Find the Roach Nests
Roaches like to congregate in areas known as nests. These hiding places are usually in dark, moist places like inside kitchen cupboards and drawers, under sinks, in closets, in pantries, behind appliances, under furniture, and in bathrooms and laundry rooms. Using a flashlight, search these areas and any cracks and crevices where roaches might be living. If you are still uncertain where the roaches are hiding, try placing roach traps around your home. Monitor them and search near the ones that catch the most roaches. Another simple technique is to turn on the light in a dark room and watch where the roaches scurry to.
Identify the Species
Once you find the roach nest, it is helpful to know what kind of roaches you are dealing with. While knowing the exact species isn’t necessary, it is beneficial to know if you are dealing with large or small roaches. This will help you determine the best products to use to get rid of them.
German roaches are the most common roaches in homes. They are small roaches, approximately ½ an inch long. These roaches multiply quickly and can be identified by the two dark stripes running down their pronotum. Another species of small roach is the brown-banded cockroach. Small roaches consistently live and breed inside homes. Baits typically work best for these smaller roaches.
There are many species of large roaches that can cause problems in homes, but regardless of the species, treating them is basically the same,. Large roaches usually live outside and enter home in search of food or water or during times of extreme weather. Although they can breed indoors, it is much less common than with the smaller roaches. The American cockroach is the most common among the larger roaches, but Oriental, smokybrown, and wood roaches are also considered household pests. Since large roaches usually enter homes from the outside rather than breeding indoors, sealing entry points and using liquid insecticides are helpful when dealing with these species.
Use the Best Roach Killers
Cockroach baits are arguably the best way to kill roaches in homes. Baits come in gels, powders, and stations. Baits are excellent because a roach will eat the poison and return to the nest before dying. The other roaches will eat roach poop and dead roaches, thus spreading the poison throughout the population. So, although they are not contact killers, baits can quickly reduce the numbers throughout the home.
Dusts and powders are another excellent option for getting rid of roaches. Boric acid, silica, and diatomaceous earth are common dusts that are used. They are very beneficial because they can be placed in hard to access locations and can last a long time if they remain dry. Harris Famous Roach Tablets are a great way to kill roaches. They are boric acid tablets that can last for years.
Liquid or Aerosol Insecticides
Liquid or aerosol insecticides are also quite effective. These contact killers can be found for indoor and outdoor use. They can be sprayed on baseboards, in closets, under sinks, and around entry points. Liquid insecticides are particularly effective against larger roaches because they can stop the roaches before they enter homes. For roaches already in the home, you can use liquids and aerosols in conjunction with roach traps and baits.
Bug bombs, or foggers, are another roach killer that can be used indoors. Foggers work by releasing a pesticide into the air that kills insects that it comes in contact with. Foggers are typically not recommended because they do not penetrate all the cracks and crevices where cockroaches live. Baits and other forms of control are generally more effective and less dangerous. If you decide to use a fogger, pay special attention to the label directions so that you use them safely.
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